Is Costco’s Coconut Oil Junk? Or the Real Deal?

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Costco sells Carrington Farms Coconut Oil-is it cheap coconut oil or the real deal? Seems like the price is too good to be true - but is it? Is Costco selling junk just to make a buck? Read this and find out the truth.

Do you shop at Costco?  More and more Costco has great deals on whole foods and gluten-free products and our family has enjoyed taking advantage of the savings at this “big box giant”.

But have you seen their great deal on coconut oil?

We use coconut oil for everything – from homemade moisturizer to gluten-free baking to homemade popcorn, so we go through a ton of it.

I saw Costco's coconut oil offering and wondered myself–“Could this really be high quality coconut oil at this price?”  So I bought some about 4 months ago and put it on my shelf.

Many have been thrilled about being able to purchase a great wholesome fat like coconut oil at Costco for a great price.

But not everyone is happy about it.

I honestly was almost in tears this past week seeing what can happen when due diligence isn't done, accusations are made carelessly, and apologies don't come.

If you don't know what I am talking about, read on.

I worked on this post for quite awhile to make sure I had the whole story covered and covered well. There is a lot of misinformation to clear up, and it's going to take awhile, so please hang with me for another “longish” post :).

This past week, a post called “Why Buying Coconut Oil at Costco is Risky Business” came out on a very popular healthy living blog, The Healthy Home Economist.

In a nutshell, one person contacted the owner of that blog, Sarah Pope, on her Facebook page, and told her that she had purchased Carrington Farms' Coconut Oil from Costco. She stated:

“I just opened and began using a big container of coconut oil (got it at Costco) that I’ve had for maybe 3 months and it has sat on my pantry shelf (outside in my garage, I live in Texas so it’s gotten hotter than 100 degrees). It smells like burned marshmallows, or maybe the inside of a pumpkin on Halloween. Since I can’t find any web sites that describe the smell (other than “yucky” and “very, very bad”) for rancid coconut oil, could you please help me out? I can’t stand to put it on my face….but can I still cook with it?”

First of all, Sarah's advice to her reader that she not use the coconut oil was good advice.

But that is where the good advice stopped.

Sarah then went on to vilify Carrington Farms and Costco and to cast aspersions on almost the entire US Coconut Oil market.

Here's what went down and how it went wrong:

Accusations Against Carrington Farms–and the Truth

Accusation #1: Costco's oil spoiled because there was something wrong with the oil

Sarah assumed, without doing any research, that the Costco customer's oil was “bad” due to either poor quality, poor filtration, or the oil being just plain “old.”  To quote her:

It’s anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure.  It was not fresh, high quality Grade A coconut oil.   Cheaply priced coconut oil at a discount store is going to get you exactly that:  cheap oil that is likely old, improperly filtered (manufacturer’s defect) and not the best choice for your health.

Response: There is no way to know the cause of the problem without more evidence

After reading this post, I thought that I would contact Carrington Farms myself to learn more details about the situation.

I talked to one of Carrington Farms' Vice Presidents, and she said that they haven't had any other recent complaints about their coconut oil being bad, and that they never got any information from Mary M. about their oil– no lot number and no expiration date. Nothing.

So while she admitted that there is a slim possibility that there was something wrong with the oil, she said that it is much more likely that the oil was opened and something foreign got in there to cause the problem.

For example, perhaps Mary had opened the container, used a spoon to get some coconut oil out, and the spoon had something on it. Or some such “user error.”

However, there really is no way for them, or for us, to know anything because all we have is Mary M's message and Sarah's response.

UPDATE (7/3/13):  A few readers have mentioned that it was likely the fact that Mary stored the coconut oil in her hot garage that led to it spoiling.  I don't know. Of course, the label says to store in a cool dry place, but I have read in numerous places that people have stored their coconut oil in a hot place with no problem. Furthermore, Sarah mentioned in her post:

I have never had it go off, even when kept for a year or two in my garage where the temperature easily reaches a 110-120F on humid August afternoons.

so I decided not to blame the smell issue on the hot garage.

2.  Accusation #2: Costco sells inferior or old food products

To quote Sarah:

the big box wholesalers like Costco have been faced with a dilemma – how best to capitalize on the coconut oil frenzy while keeping the price dirt cheap. I’ll admit that I’ve been suspicious of the big box wholesaler brands of coconut oil for quite awhile. The price just didn’t jive with the price I knew to be necessary to ensure a quality, pure product.

Response: Costco carries quality food products – Carrington's oil is one of them

I've been a Costco member for many years, and mostly we've been thrilled with their quality. And I'm not easy to please about some things (maybe you can guess that as you read my posts and see the lengths I go to at times to make sure I am getting a good product). In fact, I've had to return some things to them and they aren't always happy about that. But that is too bad–they claim to have high quality and consumers should hold them to that.

But I have never ever thought that they intentionally partnered with companies that sold junk. There are, of course, companies that sell bulk name brand clothing to stores like Costco that are lower quality so they can sell them inexpensively, but to my knowledge, there are no “lower quality foods” being sold to Costco.

I think Costco has some things to learn about getting and keeping more and more whole food products in their stores (I am petitioning them every time I go to get the Coleman Natural Hot Dogs back.  So if you are a member, drop that message in their suggestion box for me too, OK – “Get Coleman Hot Dogs year round :)!”  Thank you!!)

Anyway, about Carrington Farms' super reasonable coconut oil at Costco . . .

What Carrington's VP said to me is that the low price of their oil at Costco is simply a matter of the economy of scale.

Carrington sells coconut oil in 12 oz and 54 ounce sizes.  The 54 ounce size is what Costco carries.

They sell their 54 ounce for $24.99 on Amazon and for $15.99 at Costco. And they also have their own website.

That $15.99 is a real steal, but here is the deal.

It takes the same amount of work for Carrington to sell 1 container of coconut oil off their website as it does to sell 20,000 jars to Costco.

They have to take an order, pack it up, and ship it.

I know how this works.  I sell products on my Natural Store page.  The main products I sell are zeolite and soap nuts.

I sell one bottle of zeolite for $15.25 and 12 for $100 (instead of $183 at the “per bottle” price). I sell 1 ounce of soap nuts for $2.50 and four pounds for $52.30 (instead of $160 at the “per ounce” price).

So even though the size of the coconut oil at Costco is the same as the one on Amazon, they sell so many more at Costco that they can offer the coconut oil at a better price.

Carrington's VP said that they sell many full truckloads to Costco weekly–versus 1 case each week at a regular grocery store.

It's the same oil…..just the economy of scale working for Costco members.

PLUS – My Carrington Farms oil (that I bought about 4 months ago) has an expiration date clearly marked on the label – 2/20/15.  That is NOT old oil. And besides, it will likely last long beyond that date.  Coconut oil is known for its stability.

3.  Accusation #3: Carrington Farm's Coconut Oil is not pure.

Sarah said that “Inexpensive Coconut Oil is Likely Poor Quality” and then went on to list the following possibilities  reasons why a coconut oil might be of poor quality, insinuating that Carrington Farms Coconut Oil is either

  • possibly not 100% coconut oil
  • improperly filtered
  • old

All it took was one phone call to Carrington Farms to straighten this out, and that is what I did.  I talked with one of their Vice Presidents who spent a lot of time on the phone with me going over their quality control.  And believe me, they are on top of their coconut oil's quality.

Response: Quality-Related facts about Carrington Farms' coconut oil

1.  Carrington Farms coconut oil is unrefined and no chemicals are used in the processing of the oil.

2.  The coconuts are grown on certified organic farms in the Philippines.

3. Representatives from Carrington have visited the farms to ensure quality of the growing process and a partner in the company visits to ensure that their representatives are doing everything they can to guarantee that everything is as they say it is.

4.  The coconuts are grown on several farms to avoid problems of “single site sourcing”–should there be a natural disaster in one farm, they can still get coconuts.

5.  The coconuts are processed within 4 days of being picked.

6.  The coconut oil is filtered twice before being moved to a bottling facility, and then it is filtered again.

7.  Carrington Farms does third party GC/MS testing on each lot of their oil.  If any other vegetable oil was cut into the coconut oil, it would show up on these tests.

8. The oil is tested for microbes, e-coli, salmonella and more.

9.  Their containers are BPA-free.

10.  Their coconut oil is unrefined, unbleached, and is not deodorized, and their processing is hexane and heat free. I think you can see that they care about quality.

Just because a product is one you haven't heard of, doesn't mean it is junk.  I too wondered about Carrington Farms Coconut Oil when I saw it at Costco.  I bought some and I am very happy with it.  

4.  Accusation #4: Carrington Farms is involved in fraudulent marketing because they label their coconut oil as being “Extra Virgin”

To quote Sarah,

There is no such thing as “extra virgin coconut oil”.  It is either refined coconut oil or virgin coconut oil. A friend of mine who is the owner of a company that is a quality purveyor of virgin coconut oil had this to say: “… any product that uses the term ‘extra virgin’ and it does not pertain to olive oil is using the term outside its definition… Trying to market something that does not exist.”

Response: The truth about “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”

Well, to be fair, Sarah is right–there is no such thing as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

But what Sarah should have checked before sharing this post is that the coconut oil that she recommends to her readers has been marketed as “Extra Virgin” too.

In her post, she said “the only way to ensure a quality product is to buy from a quality small business.” Interestingly, the words “buy from a quality small business” are linked to Village Green Network (the blogging network which Sarah is a big part of)'s affiliate portal where you can then click to see what coconut oil (and other products) they recommend.

The problem is that the coconut oil they recommend (Radiant Life) was also marketing themselves as being “Extra Virgin”.  In addition, when you can click around and check out their recommended products, VGN members don't just get paid when you purchase, they get paid per click, so getting click-happy on their Resources page puts a lot of money in their pockets.)

I digress.

Some of Sarah's readers called her on this “Extra Virgin” conundrum. Then Sarah said that she had contacted Radiant Life about it and they were changing their marketing. I don't have anything against Radiant Life, but it is again, poorly researched.

In fact, here is a screen shot I pulled off the internet when I found out about this story, just so you could see that Radiant Life has been, and still is, marketing their oil as being “Extra Virgin.”

If you type in “Radiant Life Coconut Oil” into Google, up comes this description of their coconut oil.  This description is set by Radiant Life when they set up their product for Google: Radiant Life Coconut Oil Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 4.53.42 PMAnd here is an entry on Radiant Life's blog about making your own “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Lotion

(Update: In case Radiant Life changes their post, here is a screenshot of the top part of the post):

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Radiant Life

Radiant Life – Advertising how to make “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil” with their “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”

What Carrington Farms' VP told me is that, while there is no “Extra Virgin” designation for coconut oil, when they started marketing their oil, almost all of the other coconut oil companies in the US were marketing their oil as being “Extra Virgin,” and so they thought it would be both confusing to the customer, plus it would put their coconut oil in a negative light if they only labeled their oil as “Virgin.”

(Please note: The Amazon links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking, I might make a commission, but your price does not change. I thank you oh-so much for your support!)

Click on these links to see that a bunch of companies also market their coconut oil as being “Extra Virgin”:

1.  Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

2.  Nutiva ( Update 5/16: apparently they have changed their labeling)

3.  Nature's Way

4.  Barlean's

5.  Jarrow

6.  Source Naturals (these are capsules, but they are called “Extra Virgin”)

7.  Vitacost

8.  Vitamin Shoppe

9.  Artisana

This list represents a mix between companies known for being inexpensive and those know for high quality.

But the point is that they all use the term “extra virgin” to describe their coconut oil. In fact, I think one is more hard pressed to find a company that doesn't refer to its coconut oil as being “extra virgin” than one that does.

And the Carrington's VP told me that they sell the exact same coconut oil in Canada as “Virgin Coconut Oil” because Canada has laws about coconut oil labeling that the US doesn't have.

Now, let me be clear.  I could have just kept silent on this.

Sarah has a big blog and a lot of influence in the whole foodie blog world. It's not really advisable to write something negative about someone that big. But, I really felt I had to stick up for a company that is being hurt because of this mess.

Just like Sarah wrote about the lessons she thinks should be learned about what type of coconut oil to buy, and where to buy it, I am adding my own set of lessons to be learned here:

1.  Don't go on just one person's word when accusing a company, or someone, of wrongdoing.

Sarah wrote that ” evidence is now emerging that my suspicions [that big box wholesaler brands of coconut oil are junk] have been justified.”

One person's comment without sufficient details (such as lot number, expiration date, whether the container was opened previously or not) is not evidence.  It is just conjecture until the facts are checked out.

And just to put this out there, there are plenty of folks who just do mean things to hurt others.  I am not saying that Mary's or Sarah's intentions are such, but there are people who spread lies in order to hurt others and build themselves up, so we need to be really really careful when putting out negative claims about a person or company.

2.  Do due diligence before making a sweeping accusation. Sarah should have called Carrington to find out their side of the story before publishing something so damaging to their reputation.

3.  Say you're sorry when you are wrong.

What You Can Do to Help

I think that Carrington Farms has really been through the ringer unfairly on this one. I am sure that their sales are hurting and that is just not right. I have a jug of their coconut oil right here and I will say it smells and tastes wonderful.

1.  Go to Costco and buy some Carrington Farms Coconut Oil.

2.  Go to Amazon and buy some Carrington Farms Coconut Oil.

3.  Subscribe to my blog.  I go to great lengths to make sure that I am doing good, solid research on everything that I share with you. It takes time and I am super busy. But I will not try to get you to read my blog by posting stuff that's unnecessarily sensationalist.  It would mean a lot to have your vote of confidence by having you as a subscriber to my blog updates.  And besides–you wouldn't want to miss anything, would you :)?

4.  Share this post (see sharing buttons below) with others so they can find out that Carrington Farms is a decent company with high quality products.

Finally – what about buying local and from small businesses?

That's really a whole other topic.  I love supporting small businesses. But frankly, I can't do it all the time.

I can't do anything all the time–Blog, be a great homeschool mom, keep a clean house, recycle, get the best bargains, be a kind and loving wife.  I need work on all of those things.

Some more than others.

But right now, I buy local when I can. (I just got a flat of organic strawberries from a local farm and I buy eggs from a friend at church. UPDATE:  I was just accused of not supporting local businesses, so I am updating with more information: I just bought 15 local chickens and we have 2 local deer and a local pig in our freezer.  And the most local thing I do is we have a huge garden out back 🙂!)  As for coconut oil?  I am sticking with Tropical Traditions and Carrington, and Nutiva for now.  That doesn't mean there aren't other great companies. But a gal can only do so much research at once–and right now I am off to find a new brand of stevia :).

For more “controversial topics” that might interest you, check out:

1.  The FDA Says, “Probiotics are Dangerous? Arsenic is Safe

2.  Is There Engine Fuel on Your Almonds? – A must read.

3.  Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – you will see here that I did a TON of research into oils and oil companies. And I was very clear about my limitations and why I made the conclusions that I made.  And if I ever find something negative out about the company that I recommended, I will pull my recommendation. Plain and simple.

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  1. I just want to thank you for your clearly researched information instead of just spouting off something that can damage a company unfairly (IE, the Costco / Carrington Farms Coconut Oil issue).

    I found your website today & have spent the last couple hours reading your very informative articles: Keep up the great work!!

  2. Alix the Baker says:

    I have purchased the Carrington Farms brand of virgin coconut oil for a few years. Unfortunately, Costco has recently discontinued Carrington Farms and now carries only their own store brand, Kirkland Organic Coconut oil. I am disappointed and very apprehensive to even try the Costco brand. Knowing the high demand for coconut oil has created quite a scramble to meet the demand, many producers are combining the oils of several different countries to continue supplying coconut oil. However, these countries have different production methods and are not reliably consistent in quality with the traditional Philippine oil. For example Srilanka produces a coconut oil that tastes and smells like bacon – not good! We already know that most olive oil is contaminated at the source before it even reaches the US, so it is of great concern that the same thing may be happening with coconut oil, all in the name of commerce. For several years I purchased the Tropical Traditions brand Gold Label and loved it – the best tasting coconut oil on the market – until I made the financial sacrifice to purchase 3 of their 5 gallon buckets for my baking business use. To my dismay, all three buckets smell and taste horrible – unfit for human consumption. I could not even sell them to a soap maker because she did not believe it was food grade oil. That set my business back 2 years without resolution. Of course I have not had the courage to waste my money on their oil anymore. Carrington Farms was much more consistent though rather bland in comparison to the original Tropical Traditions oil (pre-2014).

  3. Marlon nicholas says:

    I was very upset when they swapped out the Nutiva virgin coconut oil brand, and decided to carry their own brand. I support the Philippines, because they are very hard working people for so little pay that they receive for all the hard work they do in processing any of their products. Not only this, I prefer this coconut oil because then I know exactly where it comes from. All the other coconut oils that Costco uses does not even list where it comes from. And if it does, it says several countries, not one individual. The Philippines, are a great people. I love them, they have their problems, however, they are good people and work hard for their products to be the best on the market.

  4. Thank you for the information.. Very helpful!

  5. Linda Cameron says:

    i asked Costco a year ago about their practice of turning down their ac at night. I saw the solid state in the store and then went over morning and it was melted. Apparantly most stores in Texas turn down their academic at night. Maybe this affects freshness. I am disappointed that all these stores selling perishables cut costs this way.

  6. Adrienne, I want to thank you. I’ve always wanted to get into a whole food lifestyle, but the amount of contridicting “information” (largely unsubstantiated opinions) you find during research is quite intimidating. After all, how am I supposed to know what’s best for me when people with much more exposure to whole food living can’t even agree? Safe to say, I’m thrilled to have found your blog! Your research is obviously thorough and your presentation of your findings is clear and concise, so your writing is an absolute pleasure to read. You deserve much more than a new subscriber and some shares, but they’re the least I can do for now. I wholeheartedly appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog so far and moving forward into the future. Thank you once again for doing what you do. It’s greatly appreciated.

    • Oh thank you so much, Kay! I really appreciate it. I should add that there were some commenters upset about the Omega Proteins being on the lab test for the coconut oil. I can’t figure this out and am just swamped but there are some negative and not negative things on the internet about them. I hope to figure more out later. Take care!

  7. yordest young says:

    Hi there, I live in Toronto, Ontario and read with interest your post on the Costco/Carrington coconut oil. I went searching out information after my husband brought home the Kirkland brand today vs. the Nutiva which I have had for the last couple of purchases. Since your post, is Costco paying Carringtons for coconut oil and using their own label? I remember purchasing Carrington’s once in the past at Costco but now we see only 2 brands at Costco – Nutiva (refined) and Kirkland (virgin,organic, cold pressed, unrefined). I haven’t opened it yet and thought I would search out reviews on Costco’s own Kirkland coconut oil. I’m assuming the relationship between Costco and Carringtons has ended, OR Carringtons is allowing Costco to use it’s Kirkland labe and making the coconut oil for Costcol. Any information you have would would be helpful. Thank you.

    • Hi there. My understanding is that the coconut oil at Costco’s under Kirkland’s label is not Carrington’s. In fact, the flavor and fragrance is quite different. Thanks!

  8. Thanks for your research Adrienne. Maybe it’s possible the bad smell came from the heating up of the plastic container itself. I know it is unsafe to consume water from a plastic water bottle that’s been stored in a hot environment, because the plastic breaks down and contaminates the water. How can it then be safe to consume food from a plastic container that’s been stored in a hot environment? The risk is still there even if the plastic is BPA free.

    Also, I work at Costco and I can vouch for their efforts to only carry the highest quality products. They conduct quality tests and do random tests and genetic tests to confirm that products are what they say they are. They are committed to not carrying GMO products and use their influence to force suppliers to improve the quality of their ingredients and raw materials. Just as an example, they recently began carrying a non-GMO Vit C and that’s because they pressured the manufacturer to take that step. Just thought you might like to know. Thanks again.

  9. Kram Nitsua says:

    Good job A.! I am a health nut and researcher. I appreciate your due diligence and the information related. I am a huge fan of Carrington Farms and have been consuming their Coconut oil for several years now.. funny in the article the comment about the oil being 3 months in the garage was 84 oz of coconut oil is consumed in 30-45 days… always tastes great and very affordable. Thanks.

  10. Adrienne, For which brand of coconut oil did you obtain the gas chromatography report ( The reason I ask is because if you knew what I do about the company (Omega Protein) whose name is on the report, you’d hate yourself for ever having purchased, let alone consumed their products. They are possibly the most vile company that you could ever entrust your family’s health with. And I, if anyone, should know. — the postman (

  11. Thankyou for this wonderful article explaining Carrington Farms coconut oil – your article is the one I read because it appeared to be objective with sincerety. It was obvious that Sarah was assaulting Carrington Farms without thought for whatever reason, thus I didn’t read it.


  12. I read your article on the Carrington brand of coconut oil and found it very useful. I read through the replies and didn’t see anything about the quality of the Kirkland brand of coconut oil. I buy the Carrington brand when it is available but they don’t always have it but they do have their brand (Costco). Any thoughts or info about the Kirkland brand? Thanks!

  13. Great article. I’ve recently found that same brand in PriceSmart (same as Costco, but for Latin America). I must say I was a little reluctant at first on buying it, but after I did, and tried it on several recepies and homemade lotions, I feel very happy! It’s been wonderful and practicaly a bargain (compared to other brands in my country).

  14. Thank you for this article… I have 8 – 54oz jars of Carrington on hand, through Amazon at around $16 now… After reading Sarah’s article, I had a lump in my throat. : ) But I remembered why I started buying it. Part of the weight-loss (aside from being great for the brain) is that it increases your metabolism. Since I have started on Carrington coconut oil, I have noticed I am really warm at night to the point of sweating all night. So it is doing what coconut oil is supposed to do. As well as my Grandmother is reporting minor improvements with her memory… Her Scrabble scores are improving as well. No more lump in my throat, thanks to your article. Glad there are people like you that really dig into a story. : )

    • You are so welcome. Isn’t the metabolism thing interesting? So wonderful to hear about your grandmother! I have heard fabulous things about coconut oil and the mind. Thanks for the encouraging comment.

      • I used to care for someone with dementia, her daughter did some reasearch and the recommendation was to use coconut oil, we began giving it to her every morning and I also cooked many foods with it and also used it on her toast (which is very tasty). Thank you so much for your good research, I don’t know how you have time to do this and also Teach Homeschool. May God Bless you!!!!..

  15. Hi,
    I’ve been doing a lot of research on coconut oil and one brand stood out: “wilderness family naturals”. Has anyone tried this brand?

    • I have purchased wilderness family natural products for several years. They have a unique history.
      Started purchasing products for their own use and now have many wonderful products and a growing business.. They recently have a great new shipping policy and a new web site. I buy their nuts by the 25 lb containers
      as we use a lot of nuts in cooking and eating. I buy oils by the 5 gallon buckets. Check out their web for
      many great products. I have no affiliation with their company. I am very satisfied with their products and
      service and enjoy buying many products from them.

  16. I really appreciate the lengths you went to for Carrington Farms, and Costco.
    I personally have never been disappointed with purchases from either company.
    I didn’t even know Costco carried Carrington Coconut Oil (my favorite brand).

    Thank you.

  17. I just opened a jar of Carrington Farms Coconut Oil I received from someone. Whenever I have tried taking coconut oil straight, for health benefits, it has made me throw up violently (Nutiva does this, for example). It’s not the oily texture, as I can take a tablespoon of olive oil, and no problems. I can’t even have shredded coconut, because it causes vomiting (most likely an intolerance). Well, I took a tablespoon of Carrington Farms yersterday, and no nausea. I took another, no nausea. I ended up taking 5 Tablespoons throughout the day. I doubt it it real coconut oil. It’s probably heavily processed vegetable oil, with coconut flavoring. It’s going in the GARBAGE.

    • Hello there. I am confused – so you throw up violently when you eat coconut oil and decided to try to do it to yourself? I really am not understanding why someone would eat something that makes them throw up violently. I have attached purity statements that are 3rd party verified so you can see for yourself. I don’t know what else to do. I hope that helps.

    • Alicia, sadly you complained how Nutiva and shredded coconut makes you vomit violently. Yet, you opened/used some from Carrington not once but a few times and it did NOT make you sick. At this point you stated it was not real and probably pressed oil. Why couldn’t it have just been “YOUR BLESSING” that allowed you to be able to tolerate and use this brand for health reasons? People tend to find the bad in things versus pray, seek and believe for the good! With all the issues going on in this world, complaining over some coconut oil should make you feel bad, when there are people starving and dying daily! Better learn to not block your blessings- starting with being thankful you wake up daily by the grace and mercy of God.

  18. Im looking to find out if Cosco stocks organic, unrefined coconut oil and how much it is in what quantity.
    Im also looking for raw cashew almonds and assorted nuts..again, how much and per kilo.

  19. If I’m not wrong….did anyone care to mention whether it’s farmed “Sustainably”!!? . Let’s Not Forget the amount of Suffering to.. Orangutans, Indigenous Peoples, etc. Brought on by the Destruction of their Forests by Developers, Miners, and Palm Oil Manufacturers!

    • Hello Marilyn. Good questions. I talked w/ the company and this is the response that I got:

      If we didn’t harvest the coconuts the people we are supporting will lose their income source. From my research, monkeys eat plants and seeds as well as nut but also animals too so the coconut is not the only food source for the monkeys if the eat them much at all!


      We do farm sustainably … we employ 60-70 people directly at one of our partner facilities in the Philippines in addition to providing hundreds of people with jobs in our other processing facilities. Since we farm coconut, not palm, it is not destructive to the forests and is fully sustainable. The trees we pick our coconuts from harvest the nuts thru the life of the tree which goes up to around 30 years.

      I hope that helps.

  20. If I’m not mistaken last trip to Costco I noticed they carried both their Kirkland brand as well as the Nutiva brand coconut oil in the gallon size, and the price on the Nutiva was something like 16.99… I was stunned at the low price and was wondering too about quality or if that price was accurate since I usually purchase the gallon size CO from Dr. Mercola and it runs around $58. How could there be that huge a price descrepancy between brands, and can anyone vouch for the Nutiva brand at Costco being reliably high quality?